Justin Timberlake Cast His Ballot — and Commemorated the Moment with an Illegal Selfie

Justin Timberlake could spend 30 days in jail or be forced to pay a $50 fine for taking a selfie while voting

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Photo: Source: Justin Timberlake/Instagram

Justin Timberlake has exercised his civic duty — but seems to have gotten into hot water for it!

The singer documented his voting experience on social media Monday, revealing that he “flew from L.A. to Memphis to #rockthevote.”

“No excuses, my good people!” Timberlake, 35, wrote of the image, in which he posed with a voting machine. “There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don’t, then we can’t HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE! #excerciseyourrighttovote.”

While Timberlake’s voice is being heard in the 2016 presidential election, his excitement might have gotten the better of him: in Tennessee, it’s a class C misdemeanor to take a photograph in a polling place.

And the star’s selfie hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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“The Shelby County DA’s Office was made aware of a possible violation of state election law,” a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office told PEOPLE in a statement when asked about Timberlake’s photo. “The matter is under review by the D.A.’s Office.” (The spokesperson later told TMZ they misspoke — although they were aware of the photo, no law enforcement agent, election commission official or police officer had filed a formal complaint, so the matter was not being reviewed.)

The spokesperson said further that any person convicted of violating the law — TCA 2-7-142(b) — “could be sentenced up to 30 days or fined no more than $50.00 or both.”

An official from the board that controls Timberlake’s polling place, however, told TMZ that they don’t think the star should be prosecuted, but instead lauded, for championing voting.

There are numerous states where photography of any part of the voting process is illegal — 18 states don’t allow you to take a picture of your ballot, but six others are okay with images of mail-in forms, reported the Associated Press.

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